Danish man in court over Nigerian popstar wife’s killing

The trial of a Danish man accused of killing his Nigerian wife and young child will begin next month, court officials confirmed.

Peter Nielsen allegedly inflicted fatal head injuries on his wife Zainab – a rising star on the Nigerian music scene known as Alizee – before poisoning his three-year-old daughter Petra at their upmarket home in Lagos last month.

The 5 April killings left many shocked, and friends and family of the victims, as well as domestic violence campaigners, gathered outside the magistrate’s court in Yaba.

According to news agency AFP, they wore black t-shirts with pictures of Zainab and her toddler daughter, and carried placards protesting against domestic violence across Nigeria.

Joe Okei Odumakin, president of Women Arise, told AFP their “campaign against domestic violence will be pursued with renewed vigour in order to stop this menace that is consuming our families”.

Prosecutors accuse Mr Nielsen, 53, of hitting his wife’s head against the wall repeatedly, killing her, and then poisoning his daughter in an attempt to cover the killings up.

He will next appear in court for his trial on 28 June, activist lawyer Christian Kolawole Love told AFP, and will remain in prison until that date.

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